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Backspace Was a 'Sci-Fi Skyrim' in The Works at Obsidian

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Here's something that sounded rather interesting, but regrettably never made it beyond the concept stages. It's a project known as 'Backspace', a 'sci-fi Skyrim' that was in development at Fallout: New Vegas developer Obsidian Entertainment from early 2011 before being shelved. Of course, Obsidian is currently at work on South Park: The Stick of Truth.

Backspace was apparently to utilise the Skyrim engine complete with its 'Radiant AI' system, and according to Obsidian head honcho Feargus Urquhart, it's something that's still on the shelf and hopefully something that studio may one day consider revisiting down the line.

"Backspace was a project concept that we neither cancelled nor greenlit," Urquhart said. "We had some great people work on the idea for Backspace for a bit of time and then moved them off to other projects as opportunities came up. We've been around for ten years now and have had a bunch of great ideas that we still have sitting around that we may be able to return to in the future."

Check out a piece of concept art from the game, courtesy of Kotaku, where you'll also find an excerpt from Backspace's design document. It seems like a concept that's tailor-made for next-gen. Make it happen, Obsidian!


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US November 11, 2011

Kinect: Compatible
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